davesbrain (davesbrain) wrote in suggestions,

Update Journal - *pick* tags rather than *type* tags

Update Journal - *pick* tags rather than *type* tags

Short, concise description of the idea
I pick existing tags much more often than I create new tags. I'd like to choose from a list of my existing tags.

Full description of the idea
I need only a few tags and only add new tags when I need them.

Presumably, this is the default user behaviour. Usually users will choose an existing tag, while the less common behaviour is to add a new tag. (This makes sense since tags only take on meaning as a *collection*).

I forget what my tags are day-to-day. More commonly, I forget how I spelled them (did I pluralize 'photo' or no? Did I hypenate job-hunt or no?) sometimes I simply mis-type them.

I'd like to see a dropdown list of my tags that I can pick from rather than typing them in each time. If I need to add a tag, there should be an 'add tag' link.

An ordered list of benefits
  • faster entry
  • caters to more common user behaviour, less to occasional behaviour
  • tag collections stay organized, don't get duplicates
  • fewer typos
  • doesn't change existing interaction, users can use or ignore feature at whim
  • very easy and harmless to implement (read only)

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • one database read (user's existing tag list)

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • The pick list could be implemented without affecting the existing textbox-entry interaction, so veteran users don't have to change their behaviour at all.
  • The pick list could be implemented with only a Read from the database, and no need for a Write; it could simply copy the selected text from the listbox into the existing textbox.
Tags: entry editor, tags, usability, § migrated
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